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The development of high strength steels for certain industrial applications is tempered by the requirement for adequate resistance to hydrogen-assisted cracking. Conventional hydrogen embrittlement testing, such as the standard H(2)S tests or stress corrosion cracking tests in various environments, provide limited information on hydrogen damage or fitness for service, whereas further alloy development requires information of a more quantitative nature. This project unites several European steel producers and research laboratories with the aim of applying the local approach to fracture, an approach recently developed in the steel industry to describe failure in heterogeneous zones, to the problem of hydrogen damage evolution. The objective is to develop a suitable failure criterion, accounting for local stress and strain distributions, local hydrogen concentration and local microstructure, with the express aim of applying such a criterion to the conventional methods of testing for resistance to hydrogen-assisted cracking and to the service conditions.

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Authors: LESNE L, IRSID, Maizières Lès Metz (FR);GARAT X, IRSID, Maizières Lès Metz (FR);SCHWINN V, DH/GTS, Dilligen/Saar (DE);ZMUDZINSKI C, Usinor Industeel, Le Creusot (FR);ALVAREZ J A, Universidad de Cantabria, Santander (ES);GUTIÉRREZ-SOLANA F, Universidad de Cantabria, Santander (ES);CAYÓN A, Universidad de Cantabria, Santander (ES);DE CARLOS NEGRO A, Universidad de Cantabria, Santander (ES);ASTIZ M, Polytechnic University of Madrid (ES);FLORES R, Polytechnic University of Madrid (ES);BRASS A M, Université d'Orsay (FR);TRASATTI S, CSM, Rome (IT);CAYON A, Universidad de Cantabria, Santander (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20588 EN (2002), 428pp. Euro: 64.00
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-20588-EN-S Available from EUR-OP sales agents URL:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-4775-3
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